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Pumspiration…Recipe Roundup

Recipe roundup over the past few weeks has been looking goooooood.  Here’s my list of saved recipes from my favourite blogs…

Hemsley + Hemsley

Celeriac Spaghetti + Kale Carbonara

Who’d have thought of spiralizing celeriac?!  Not me anyway…I love celeriac, can’t wait to give this one a go!

 

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Madeleine Shaw

Lentils with Roasted Aubergine and Tahini Dressing

My love affair with aubergine continues and I’m having a real thing for lentils just now so this one is right up my street.

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IQuitSugar

Baked One-Pot Coconut Fish Curry

A bit rich coming from me  but I do love the blog IQuitSugar and it has some really great recipes.  This one seems dead easy and looks very tasty!

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Fit Foodie Finds

Thai Peanut Chicken Salad

Peanuts, peanuts, peanuts…yum!

 

Green Kitchen Stories

Spring Celebration Salad

I mentioned in one of my recent posts here that I’m really keen to keep going with the salads over summer so always on the lookout for a combination I’ve not tried.

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The Wheatless Kitchen

Toasted Coconut Stovetop Granola

How bloomin’ wonderful does this look?  Love the taste (and smell) of toasted coconut…

 

 

There recipes should keep me busy in the kitchen…for a little while at least!

 

Pum x

 

 

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Pumspiration…Recent Eats April

I can’t believe it’s nearly May, cliché but this year is flying in!

Thought it was about time I did a roundup of my recent meals.  I’m pleased to say I’m back in the gym having gone 4 days last week and 4 days this week…so back into my usual routine which I’m really enjoying.

Food-wise I’ve been eating well.  And by well I don’t necessarily mean ‘healthy’, but I’ve had some delicious meals recently and am caring a bit less about the ‘bad’ ones…or just happy to find a bit of balance!

Here goes…

Porridge Queen

Yes I’m still very much enjoying my porridge! A recent favourite being oats made with water and vanilla protein powder, chia seeds and topped with almond butter dried fruit and pistachios…

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Speaking of pistachios, I can’t seem to get enough of them.  I know they’re quite high calorie but I try to stick to them in the morning to give me a good amount of energy before the lunchtime gym classes.

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New Recipes

I mentioned in a recent post here that I was dying to try this recipe for 20 minute basil cashew chicken and it did not disappoint.  So easy and really tasty!!  Highly recommend!

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Eating Out

I have been eating out a little more than usual but somehow I keep forgetting to snap my meals (I love it but I know some people don’t like folk taking food pictures!).  I went for a meal with my mum and Chris last week and ordered a chicken and chorizo risotto…a bit naughty but worth it.

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Eating with Friends

I’ve mentioned before but I’m really lucky to have a few friends that really know how to pull a dish together.  I recently had dinner at Catriona’s where she threw together a wrap-pizza in a matter of minutes that was just what we needed on an early summer’s night dining in the garden (on that note it’s snowing today in Scotland…make up your mind weather!!!).

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This week I’ve also been round to Sarra’s where she made immense fresh Vietnamese spring rolls.  The picture does not do justice, this was before assembly of the spring rolls but I was just too keen to tuck in!

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Sweets have been a bit of an enemy the past few weeks.  I just keep getting offered so many treats!  Cheesecake that my boyfriend’s mum saved for me, dumpling from my papa’s birthday (2 nights in a row), soooo much chocolate in work…help I can’t resist!

 

Oh well gotta have balance and still fitting happily into my smaller sized clothes so I won’t complain too much.

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Pum x

 

Pum’s favourite recipes…Delicious Lamb Pie

Comfort food at it’s finest, this recipe was never going to win ‘the healthiest meal’ award but it’s good home cooking and in moderation I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, plus it was bloomin’ delicious!!

Based on Nigella’s Rapid Ragu which was recommended to me by my friend from work, I tweaked this into a pie (shepherd’s pie style not pastry) to serve another friend for dinner…I seem to be entertaining a lot these days!

Pum’s Delicious Lamb Pie

Ingredients
  1. 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  2. 125g cubed bacon
  3. 500g lamb mince
  4. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  5. 75g caramelized onions (bought from supermarket)
  6. 700g white potatoes
  7. 400g (1 can) chopped tomatoes
  8. 75g green lentils
  9. 100g low fat cheddar cheese
  10. 100g light cream cheese
What Pum did
  1. Started the lentils by boiling in water for 20 mins.
  2. In the meantime peeled and chopped the potatoes and boiled for 20 mins in salted water.
  3. To make the lamb base, heat the oil in a pan and added the garlic and bacon and cooked until bacon crisped up (careful not to burn the garlic), added the lamb and browned then added the caramelized onions, marsala and chopped tomatoes and lentils (when done) and left to bubble for 20 mins.
  4. Mashed the potatoes with the cream cheese.
  5. When the lamb sauce had thickened, layered in a baking dish the lamb with the mashed potato, topped with cheese and baked in the oven for 30 mins until the cheese bubbled.

 

As is always the case with cooking for friends I take more pictures of the cooking process than of the finished article, but trust me that this is one tasty meal!

 

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I can’t wait to try something similar with turkey mince and sweet potato, mmm!

 

Pum x

Pum’s favourite recipes…Happy Honey Walnut Porridge

Whenever I feel a scratchy throat or sniffly nose coming on I reach for a little of the delicious golden nectar that is honey.  There’s something about the soothing honey that helps me feel right on the mend.

Honey is widely known for it’s health and beauty benefits and when used in moderation can help aid weightloss.  One way I love to use honey is in my happy porridge which provides a high energy breakfast that makes me feel good all day!

Pum’s Happy Honey Walnut Porridge

Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup oats
  2. 1 cup water
  3. Small handful walnuts
  4. 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. runny honey
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
What Pum did
  1. Combined the oats, water, vanilla extract and 1 tbsp. honey in a pan and stirred over a low heat for 5 mins.
  2. When reached a thick porridge consistency removed from the heat and topped with walnuts and 1 tsp. honey.

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Happy porridge, happy Pum.

Pum x

Pum’s favourite recipes…Warming Maple Apple Oat Bran

Oat bran is a favourite breakfast of mine and is so great for you.  See the reasons why I love it here if you missed it…https://pumdiets.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/pum-recommends-oat-bran/

My new favourite way to eat oat bran is with apple, cinnamon and pure maple syrup, so delicious…

Pum’s Warming Maple Apple Oat Bran

Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup oat bran
  2. 1 cup boiling water
  3. 1 apple cubed into small chunks
  4. 1 tsp. coconut oil
  5. 2 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 2 tsp. pure maple syrup
What Pum did
  1. In a pan combined all ingredients except the maple syrup.  Stirred over a low heat continuously for 10 mins.
  2. When thick and porridge-like, remove from the heat and serve drizzled with the maple syrup.

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It’s getting so wintery in Scotland just now and this is just perfect on those cold mornings.

Pum x

Pum’s favourite recipes…Tasty Turkey Brown Rice Lettuce Wraps

Turkey mince is a great lean source of protein and so versatile.  I’m trying to gradually increase my protein intake in a healthy way (and hopefully as a result reduce my carb intake for later in the day) so lean sources of protein are what I’m after.

I’ll often make a turkey ‘chili’ or turkey ‘bolognese’ but recently enjoyed a light and tasty meal with turkey mince combined with brown rice in lettuce wraps that I’ll definitely be making again soon.

Pum’s Tasty Turkey Brown Rice Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients
  1. 450g turkey mince (size of 1 pack so this will do 2 large portions or be great for your lunch tomorrow)
  2. 1 cup brown rice
  3. Little gem lettuce (4 large leaves)
  4. 1/4 whole cucumber
  5. 1 tsp. chilli flakes
  6. 1 tsp. oregano
  7. 1 tsp. olive oil
  8. 2 cups stock (I like beef stock with this it gives a rich meaty taste, but any will do)
  9. Black pepper
What Pum did
  1. Cooked brown rice in boiling water for 40 mins.
  2. 20 mins later added the turkey mince to a large pan with the oil and browned the mince.  When no traces of pink left added the oregano and chilli flakes and combined well.  Added the stock and left to bubble.
  3. When rice ready, drained and added to the mince stirring through and cooked for a further 5 mins.
  4. When turkey mince rice mixture had soaked up most of the liquid filled lettuce leaves and topped with cucumber strips and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

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Easy variations on this would be to cook in different spices, drizzle in balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, sriracha sauce or serve along with other veggies.  So delicious and a good healthy way to end your day.

Pum x

Pum’s favourite recipes…Lamb Ragu

I’m on dog-sitting duties this weekend while my parents are on holiday.  I love being back at their house, it’s my childhood home and I just feel so relaxed here.  All I want to do this weekend is eat good food, go big walks and spend some time with the doggies.

Already been sent a little embarrassing selfie from the parents on holiday so I know they’re having a great time!  And there’s the double-trouble-doggy-duo Mac and Jade…

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I had my lovely friend Catriona round for a chilled Friday dinner (and overdue catch up) and decided to make my lamb ragu.  This is inspired very much by Nigella’s ‘Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu’ recipe found here: http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/pappardelle-with-lamb-ragu

Instead of pasta however I chose to serve mine with lettuce wraps, a simple leaf salad and a mixed quinoa salad…and sauvignon blanc of course!

Pum’s Lamb Ragu with Lettuce Wraps, Quinoa and Salad

Ingredients
  1. Handful of spring onions chopped up
  2. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 2 tsp. dried oregano
  4. 2 tsp. dried mint
  5. 500g minced lamb
  6. 2 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  7. 2 tbsp. redcurrant jelly
  8. 2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
  9. Salt and pepper
  10. 100g quinoa
  11. 300ml vegetable stock
  12. 1 yellow pepper chopped
  13. 1 red pepper chopped
  14. Generous serving baby spinach
  15. 1/4 large cucumber cut into strips
  16. Handful plum tomatoes
What Pum did
  1. Added olive oil to a large pan and cooked the spring onion with the spices for 2 mins.
  2. Added the lamb, mixed well and cooked until no longer pink.
  3. Combined with the chopped tomatoes, redcurrant jelly, worcestershire sauce, a shake of salt and pepper, stirred well and left to simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. In a pot combined the quinoa with the stock and cooked for 15 mins.
  5. Made a simple leaf salad of spinach, cucumber and plum tomatoes.
  6. When quinoa cooked combined with the red and yellow peppers and another shake of dried mint.
  7. Serve the ragu with lettuce wraps, the quinoa salad and the simple leaf salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (if dressing desired).

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Lamb is quite a fatty meat so it’s definitely one I save for a good indulgent meal and it really was delicious and a bit more guilt-free without the pasta!  This also made loads so there were plenty of leftovers.

Oh aaaand as a little present to say thanks for coming home and watching the dogs my parents got me a nutribullet!  Lucky girl I know!  So look out for some more smoothie and juice recipes to come…

Just having my first green juice now (spinach, cucumber, romaine lettuce and aloe water).

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Pum x